Download Data

Details about the database have now been published in the journal of Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. Davis et al. (2013) The European Modern Pollen Database (EMPD) project, DOI 10.1007/s00334-012-0388-5


Download links are now active on our new server as of 29th April 2014. Note that the pollen data file has been revised!! we are now on version 3 (v3). This adds corrections to the Lapteva data provided by the author, as well as additional samples from Dambach, Lopez, Barboni, and Bjune, which were missing from the second release. Additional files are now available including climate data for each of the surface sample sites as well as pollen percentages (thanks to Pam Collins and Achille Mauri). These files are made available on an 'as is' basis as they have not been verified and data may not be available for all sites listed. Any problems, please contact me directly by email (basil.davis at, Basil Davis

Click on the links to access the following files:

See the EMPD in Google Earth

To open the Google Earth file you need to have Google Earth installed on your computer (its free!).

EMPD Metadata EMPD Pollen data EMPD Pollen data in table format

There are also some additional files available (these might not include all sites)

EMPD Climate data EMPD Pollen percentages


Please acknowledge the European Pollen Database in all publications! Use of the EMPD is conditional on compliance with EPD protocols

The citation for the database is Davis et al. 2013. Please note the additional Erratum which provides some important corrections, particularly to the official author list.

Basil Davis, page created 23 June 2016, University of Lausanne (UNIL) Switzerland (contact basil.davis at

empd_download_database.txt · Last modified: 2016/06/23 23:59 by bdavis
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